Portrait of Bonnie Keeler
Associate Professor
158 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Currently reviewing PhD applicants


    Dr. Bonnie Keeler is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs where she co-directs the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. She is a McKnight University Professor, Earth Leadership Fellow, and Fellow of the Institute on the Environment. Keeler earned her PhD in Natural Resources with a focus on Economics, Society, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota. 

    Keeler is the principal investigator of the Great Lakes Technical Assistance Center, an initiative to provide technical assistance and capacity building to remote, rural, and disadvantaged communities in EPA Region 5. Keeler co-leads the CREATE Initiative, a community-engaged research project that aims to leverage the resources of the research university in service to the needs and priorities of community organizations in urban watersheds. Keeler also directs the Beyond the Academy network - a coalition of university leaders in the US, UK, and Canada seeking to reform academic models to promote actionable, engaged scholarship on sustainability. 

    Keeler currently serves on the subcommittee for social and community science as part of the Environmental Protection Agencies Board of Scientific Counselors. She previously served as a member of the External-Environmental Economics Advisory Committee from 2019-2020. She is a frequent advisor on state and regional-level water planning, working closely with the Minnesota’s Environmental Quality Board, Department of Health, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources, Board of Soil and Water Resources, Metropolitan Council, and Clean Water Council.


    PhD in Natural Resources (University of Minnesota, 2013)

    MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (University of Minnesota, 2007)

    BA in Biology (Colorado College, 2001)

    Handmaker, O., Keeler, B. & Milz, D. (2021). What type of value information is most valuable to stakeholders? Multi-sector perspectives on the utility and relevance of water valuation information, Environmental Science and Policy, 115, 47-60

    Keeler, B. L. (2020). Mainstream and Heterodox Approaches to Water Quality Valuation: A Case for Pluralistic Water Policy Analysis, ANNUAL REVIEW OF RESOURCE ECONOMICS, VOL 12, 12, 235-258

    Ehrman-Solberg, K., Keeler, B., Derickson, K. & Delegard, K. (2020). Mapping a path towards equity: reflections on a co-creative community praxis, GEOJOURNAL,

    Keiser, D., Olmstead, S., Boyle, K., Flatt, V., Keeler, B., Phaneuf, D., Shapiro, J. & Shimshack, J. (2020). Report on the Repeal of the Clean Water Rule and its Replacement with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to Define Waters of the United States (WOTUS). External-Economics Advisory Council: United States

    Keeler, B. L., Derickson, K. D., Waters, H. & Walker, R. (in press). Advancing water equity demands new approaches to sustainability science, One Earth, 2, 211-213

    Keeler, B. L., Hamel, P., McPhearson, T., Hamann, M. H., Donahue, M. L., Prado, Kelly A Meza, Arkema, K. K., Bratman, G. N., Brauman, K. A., Finlay, J. C. & others (2019). Social-ecological and technological factors moderate the value of urban nature, Nature Sustainability, 2(1), 29

    Keeler, B., Noe, R., Hawthorne, P., Gourevitch, J., Johnson, K. & Dalzell, B. (2019). Putting people on the map improves the prioritization of ecosystem services, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,

    Keeler, B. L., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Guerry, A. D., Addison, P. F., Bettigole, C., Burke, I. C., Gentry, B., Chambliss, L., Young, C., Travis, A. J. & others (2017). Society is ready for a new kind of science—Is academia?, BioScience, 67(7), 591--592

    Keeler, B. L., Gourevitch, J. D., Polasky, S., Isbell, F., Tessum, C. W., Hill, J. D. & Marshall, J. D. (2016). The social costs of nitrogen, Science advances, 2(10), e1600219

    Keeler, B. L., Polasky, S., Brauman, K. A., Johnson, K. A., Finlay, J. C., O’Neill, A., Kovacs, K. & Dalzell, B. (2012). Linking water quality and well-being for improved assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201215991